LAS VEGAS LEGEND
"I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death."
- George Carlin
"The reason I talk to myself is that I'm the only one whose answers I accept."
Comedian George Carlin was one of the hottest draws on the Las Vegas Strip, his thoughtful and intelligent comedy stood in stark contrast the the typical 'Vegas' comic.
People familiar with George Carlin might be surprised that he started out as a 'straight' comedian, with closely cropped hair dressed in a suit and tie, as was the standard of the day for the casino showrooms and television appearances. It was in the early-1970s that he adopted an unconventional Hippy look with well-worn jeans, long hair and a beard... after a short period of cancelled gigs over the new look his career really took off.
He had several best-selling comedy albums (like 1972's smash hit 'Class Clown') where his best-known routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," scored big with a young audience. Carlin solidified his youth cred when he hosted the premiere of NBC's Saturday Night Live, broadcast on October 11, 1975 (although the network insisted he wear a suit.
He headlined the big showrooms at the best casinos in Sin City and Lake Tahoe for decades but in 2005 he was abruptly fired from the MGM Grand Las Vegas after a rambling set and an altercation with the audience. His comment on that was, "People who go to Las Vegas, you've got to question their fucking intellect to start with. Traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of fucking moronic. That's what I'm always getting here is these kind of fucking people with very limited intellects." Carlin entered drug & alcohol rehab shortly after that incident.
"People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think." - George Carlin
His final HBO special, It's Bad for Ya, was filmed less than four months before his death in 2008; that was one week after his last performance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
In 2004, George Carlin was ranked second on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-up Comedians of all Time.
"Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit."
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